Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence 2015
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Excellence in Rehabilitation 2015
National Trust for Historic Preservation No.2 of Top Ten Saves 2014
Located on 145 Auburn Ave, The Daily World Building was a home to Atlanta's oldest African-American-owned daily newspaper. In 2008 the building was heavily damaged by a tornado, and the newspaper moved to a new site in East Point. The building continued a slow decline through 2012 when plans were announced to sell the site and demolish the structure. The Historic District Development Corporation, whose mission is preservation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, launched an online petition to save the building.
Finally purchased in January of 2014 by a group of preservation inclined real estate partners, the building and grounds are now listed on the National Historic Register, with complete renovation commencing late summer. Retail/Office space will occupy the sidewalk level, directly on Atlanta's new street car route, with residences above.
Real estate developer and Sidewalk Radio host, Gene Kansas, who purchased the building in January this year says that it is a project with great potential and he is intending to bring it back to its former vibrancy.
photos of prior to renovation credit: Artem Nazarov